A statement from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

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Our hearts are heavy as we witness acts of violence against members of the Asian American community in the United States. The terror that has been inflicted upon Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is deeply disturbing. Despicable incidents such as the recent murders in Atlanta and the increase in anti-Asian and particularly anti-Chinese hate crimes across the nation reflect a society still held in the grip of racism and white supremacy. Amid these senseless acts, the Weinberg Foundation stands firmly with the Asian American community against violence, xenophobia, and bigotry.

The Foundation honors the contributions of each individual in shaping a diverse and thriving America—a nation which aspires to the highest ideals of providing refuge to those fleeing violence and persecution and representing hope for a more secure and prosperous future. Despite a deeply flawed history, the United States still can offer millions of people the promise of a better life. Regardless of race, origin, or otherwise, the fabric of our society will be strongest only when we all commit to standing with, and vigorously protecting, every single child and adult who calls this nation home.

We mourn that the lives of the Atlanta shooting victims were cut short, and we grieve the trauma endured by the victims of all horrific attacks rooted in hatred. We pray for an end to all racially and ethnically fueled violence, as well as comfort and healing for those individuals and communities targeted through prejudice and rage. The Weinberg Foundation stands for peace and further commits to advancing equity and justice in our communities. We stand in solidarity.

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